Other Names: pied wagtail
Distribution: Resident in Europe, Central and East Asia, the Middle East, and parts of North Africa; small population present in Alaska. Breeds in sub-saharan Africa.
Size: average 15-19 cm in length (up to 21 cm in East Asian populations) with a wingspan of 25 cm.
Plumage: Gray back and white underside with a white face, black cap and throat, and black and white banded wings. A black-backed subtype exists in the British Isles. The throat feathers change to white in the winter moult.
Eyes are black with white eyelids. The Kamchatka subspecies has a black eyestripe.